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Mirboo North sings in unity

THE community of Mirboo North and surrounds commemorated Anzac Day in a two part service on Saturday.
The indoor service took place in the auditorium of Mirboo North Secondary College, with a catafalque party provided by HMAS Cerberus.
Mirboo North RSL secretary captain Peter Fraser (retired) gave the introduction and Mirboo North RSL president Lt Col Rick Elliot (retired) welcomed the group.
The Mirboo North Community Singers performed And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda and Sienna Falkingham sang Christmas in the Trenches.
Lt James Goold, a serving officer on HMAS Cerberus, gave the Anzac Day address, and Lyn Jennison read a poem of her own.
Mirboo North Secondary College and Primary School chaplain Norm DeSilva reflected on the qualities of the Anzacs.
He said the humour they used to mock their predicament was unique.
“It had an extraordinary effect on their morale,” he said.
Mr DeSilva said members of the other fighting forces saw the Anzacs as people from a younger and more carefree world because of their “extraordinary demeanour”.
He also spoke of how the Anzacs admired and respected “Johnny Turk,” the enemy.
Mr Elliot recited the ode and CPO Ian Potter (retired) recited the Navy ode.
After the indoor service, the audience filed past the honour board at the school and on to the cenotaph for an outdoor service.
The Australian and New Zealand national anthems were sung, along with God Save the Queen, and wreaths were laid.

By Laura Gibb

Respect: from left, Maurice Briscoe and John Chadwick, both of Mirboo North, attended the Anzac Day service in Mirboo North.

Respect: from left, Maurice Briscoe and John Chadwick, both of Mirboo North, attended the Anzac Day service in Mirboo North.

Catafalque party: the catafalque party at the Mirboo North Anzac Day service, provided by HMAS Cerberus.

Catafalque party: the catafalque party at the Mirboo North Anzac Day service, provided by HMAS Cerberus.

For the fallen: Bob Burdekin of Mirboo North attended the Anzac Day service at Mirboo North Secondary College.

For the fallen: Bob Burdekin of Mirboo North attended the Anzac Day service at Mirboo North Secondary College.

Reflection: Mirboo North Secondary College and Primary School chaplain Norm DeSilva reflected on the unique qualities of the Anzacs during Mirboo North’s Anzac Day service at Mirboo North Secondary College.

Reflection: Mirboo North Secondary College and Primary School chaplain Norm DeSilva reflected on the unique qualities of the Anzacs during Mirboo North’s Anzac Day service at Mirboo North Secondary College.

Mirboo North: from left, Mirboo North RSL president Rick Elliot, HMAS Cerberus officer James Goold and Mirboo North RSL secretary Peter Fraser at Mirboo North’s Anzac Day service at Mirboo North Secondary College.

Mirboo North: from left, Mirboo North RSL president Rick Elliot, HMAS Cerberus officer James Goold and Mirboo North RSL secretary Peter Fraser at Mirboo North’s Anzac Day service at Mirboo North Secondary College.

Student art: a wall of poppies created by students at Mirboo North Primary School.

Student art: a wall of poppies created by students at Mirboo North Primary School.

 

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